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Royal Holloway is the lead member of the Techne Doctoral Training Partnership, which offers Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) studentships. 

Techne currently comprises 9 universities and is one of the 10 AHRC Doctoral Training Partnerships. Techne's vision is to produce scholars who are highly motivated and prepared for academic, public or professional life. Its students will benefit from a diverse range of training workshops and opportunities to engage with partners in the arts and cultural sector.

There are around 45 awards per annum in the open competition for students who are applying to undertake PhD study. Students already in their first year of PhD study can apply for funding for the second and third year of their programme (at least 50% of your PhD must remain by the time the studentship commences).

Studentships include maintenance and UK rate fees for 3.5 years (42 months) for a full time student, or 7 years (84 months) for a part-time student (50% of maintenance).  This is pro rata if you have already started your PhD. You should note that you must submit your thesis during your funded period and by your funding end date.

Techne scholarships are advertised on and FindAPhD.

Application process

Students may apply to Techne for a doctoral award by submitting an application through Royal Holloway. 

Techne awards are available in the following subjects at Royal Holloway:

Subject Royal Holloway Department
Cultural Geography Geography
Philosophy Politics and International Relations
Development Studies Geography and  Politics and International Relations
English and Creative Writing English
Modern Languages and Literatures Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Comparative Literatures and Cultures Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Theology, Divinity, Religion Classics and History
Media, Film and TV Media Arts
Music Music
Drama and Theatre Drama and Theatre
Cultural Studies English and Media Arts
Classics Classics
History History
Law Law

Once you have identified the Department you would like to apply through, you will need to undertake the following steps:

  1. Please ensure you are familiar with the AHRC’s eligibility criteria, and their terms and conditions before beginning an application. Please see the information below.
  2. Contact the Director of Postgraduate Education or potential supervisor in the relevant department to discuss your research proposal, the supervision that may be available, and whether you might be considered a suitable candidate for a Techne award. You can also check with the department on their selection process.
  3. If the Director of Postgraduate Education agrees that you may be a suitable candidate for a Techne award you will be advised to submit an application to Techne via the Techne online portal. Further information on submitting your application to the Techne online portal is available in the Techne Application Guidance Notes.
  4. You will also need to submit an application for a PhD place to Royal Holloway, you can find out how to do this on our Admissions page.

In addition, three Collaborative Doctoral Awards are available at Royal Holloway to work on projects with non-HEI partners. See the Techne website for details.

Application deadline

The deadline for applications to be submitted to Royal Holloway's Techne competition is midday on 31 January 2022, but departments will set their own earlier application deadlines. Deadlines for the School of Humanities, Music, Drama, Law, Philosophy and Geography are listed below, for other Departments please check with them directly.

School of Humanities (Classics, English, History, Modern Languages) - 5pm (UK time) Thursday 6th January 2022

Drama; Music - midday (UK time) Monday 17th January 2022

Law; Philosophy - 5pm (UK time) Monday 10th January 2022

Geography - 5pm (UK time) Wednesday 12th January 2022

Assessment process

If the department agrees to put your application forward to the Royal Holloway open competition it will be considered by internal panels of subject experts at Royal Holloway. You should hear in February whether your application will go forward to the Techne stage of the competition. If your application does go forward you will hear in April whether or not it has been successful.  Unsuccessful applicants from both stages may be considered for College scholarships by a School Panel and you should hear the outcome in early May.

Further details of the assessment process can be found on the Techne website.

AHRC terms and conditions and eligibility

All AHRC awards are subject to the AHRC and UKRI Terms and Conditions. Please ensure that you are familiar with them. They are set out in three documents which can be accessed via the 'Current Award Holders' page on the AHRC website:

  • UKRI Terms and Conditions of Training Grants
  • UKRI Training Grant Guide
  • AHRC's Training Grant Funding Guide 

Note that EU students are now classed as international students and the AHRC/UKRI competition is has been opened to all international students who can apply for a UK fees and stipend award.  Successful recipients of a UKRI scholarship will receive a fee award from the College covering the difference between home fees and international fees.

You can find current maintenance and fee rates at the bottom of the 'Current Award Holders' page on the AHRC website.

Got a question?

Please email if you have any enquiries about the Techne application process at Royal Holloway.

Further help and advice

Techne has produced a set of films to help applicants and students understand more about what it means to undertake a PhD, talking to supervisors and students about a range of aspects including application, finance and career opportunities: Our films - Techne AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership


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